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Should Parents Charge Adult Children Rent?

Your Two Cents: Should Parents Charge Adult Children Rent?

Layoffs have sent young working adults packing for their parents' houses, and recent grads having trouble finding work have gone back home for shelter while they job search. Many of these parents are picking up the pieces of their retirement portfolios, having to work for more years than expected, and some are even attempting to reenter the workforce themselves.

It's not an easy situation for any parties involved when an adult used to living on her own returns to her parents' turf. Do you think parents should charge their kids rent when they fly back into the nest?

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Timmy-P Timmy-P 6 years
As an adult, your family should be there to look after you when times are hard, not bleed you for rent when your parents are probably a lot better off than you are. Why would you charge your own offspring rent? Almost everyone seems to want your money these days, so it would be quite refreshing not to have your own FAMILY do the same.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
Someone above mentioned that "kids" may be playing the victim card, that they are not finding the perfect job. I know lots and lots of people that I graduated college with that are living at home and barely servicing their student loans on the pitiful income they make, they would take ANY full time job. I think that the way things are going, very few people can afford to wait for the perfect job,
nana3115 nana3115 8 years
some of my employed siblings do not pay anything, and my parents let them get away with it. I couldn't handle it anymore, as i was paying more than my fair share in rent (while others couldn't cough up anything) so i moved out. parents should not enable irresponsible behavior from their kids. its not fair to themselves, or the future of their kids, who wont grow up. my 2 cents. :)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i told my parents if they ever charged me rent, i'd move out why would i pay to live with them? i live with them to SAVE money if i was going to pay rent, i'd live alone
MzKita MzKita 8 years
Ha! Don't even get me started on this mom is going thru this at the moment and I've been trying to get her to begin charging rent to my sis and adopted cousin--both with jobs and over the age of 18. They don't even pay their own cell bills!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
if the child is younger than 19 then no, older than that with a job? yes.
shylin02 shylin02 8 years
If you have a job you should contribute something! whether it's food, water, electric bills or rent. If you don't have job it's understandable. Although most of our parents would not make us do's the least we can do for them.
mek123 mek123 8 years
Adult children if they are working should contribute some money for rent...if they didn't have their parents they would HAVE to pay rent to someone somewhere. And everyone in the house should do chores/help around the house.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
My mom charged me rent the minute I got my first job. I think it worked out well because it taught me that in the real world, you can't just mooch off of everyone.
Claire-Underwear Claire-Underwear 8 years
I'm soooo sick of people saying that Gen-Y has too high expectations or that they're lazy and free-loading. Yes, we were raised to believe that the dream job is out there and we just have to find it. But the recession has probably hit this generation of workers the hardest. Most of the graduates of my program cannot find jobs in their field (architecture, one of the fields hit the hardest by the recession), so they're taking on jobs that just barely get them by. Many employers see us as expendable because we can go back and live with our parents since we don't have dependents. Many of my friends are living with their parents while they wait for things to get better and they can actually get A job. Right now, I'm living with my sister rent free because I cannot find a job this summer. But I cook and clean and pay for groceries. Just because a family member is helping you out by living with them doesn't mean that you're freeloading.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I think they should pay rent if they have a job. If they don't have a job they should still contribute, like do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and stuff like that. It's just not right for a grown person to still live at home and have no job and expect their parents to take care of them.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I think this question depends on the situation. I know I moved briefly home to help my mom with bills and whatnot. Some children who are living at home become burdens to their parents and some actually do contribute. I would love to see the question, "Should parents pay their adult children rent?", that would be interesting to see.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Yes, they should pay rent, at least in most situations, or after some sort of transition period. I think learning certain life skills, and one of those is paying regular bills - not just cell phone bills, but bills that you have to pay to have a roof over your head. For some people (and I've personally seen it), living rent-free means they have absolutely no motivation to get a better job, become financially independent, and eventually start a life on their own.
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